'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
….And that really is the problem. Not enough people are flying, staying, cruising
Covid after 2 years continues to decimate our industry, Travel is not moving
So here is my Christmas wish. Can we all cooperate to make our industry come back to life?
In October, my colleagues and I came up with the 5 points for making the Pandemic manageable
Simple proof of vaccination
Test upon arrival
Liability on airlines
Transparency of statistics
Costs of testing to be included in ticket price
What is the status…
Complicated and still no universality.
Still only a few countries who do this.
Still only 1 or 2 countries who do this
Sadly we are down to Hong Kong
Nope not happening (yet).
So we appeal again. Please fix this. But this time we are wiser,
We are not going to wait without recourse – this time we are rising.
Our hopes and stockings are hung by the chimney with care,
Governments need to stop being reactive and out of this global snare
The children and adults need to feel safe and snug in their beds
While visions of travels near and far dance in their heads
It’s time for us to take our own path forward. It’s time for us to be leaders
For our industry and our stakeholders, our partners and yes our customers
And what of St Nick? He surely can’t be happy to be so
He probably can only visit 4 countries at one go.
Using present rules – we would have to (by my his elves calculation)
Spend more than 2968 days in quarantine isolation.
However, away he has started on his journey of the year
We know he will do his best to bring his good cheer
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."
Thank you for reading my words this past year.
For those who agreed with me in whole or in part – I am honoured by your trust
For those who disagree with me in whole or in part – I hope I make you think
I hope you will continue to let me be both a curmudgeon and a force for change.
#airlines #travel #thankyou #people #testing #leaders #statistics #change #covid
One of the world's favourite... The image is the cover of the Clement C Moore book. The words are a very poor adaptation of his famous work.
Please stay safe, follow Public Health recommendations. Wear a mask in public and get the vaccinations/boosters as soon as you can.
Seasons Greetings and Happy Christmas. And as a wise man once said…
May your God go with you.